via press release:
FOR THE 2008-09 TELEVISION SEASON, "MEET THE PRESS" MARKS ITS 12TH CONSECUTIVE SEASON AS NO. 1 IN TOTAL VIEWERS AND 16TH STRAIGHT SEASON AS NO. 1 IN A25-54
"Meet the Press" Tops ABC by 26%, CBS by 32% and Fox by 185% in Total Viewers
(NEW YORK) ? September 24, 2009 ? According to Nielsen Media Research data, "Meet the Press" was the most-watched Sunday morning public affairs program for the 2008-09 television season in all categories. The program was No. 1, averaging 3.793 million total viewers, +26 percent more (+771,000) than second place ABC's "This Week" 3.022 million, a +32 percent advantage (+926,000) over third place CBS' "Face the Nation" 2.867 million and a +185 percent lead (+2,463,000) over FOX News Sunday's 1.330 million. "Meet the Press" has now placed first in total viewers for 12 consecutive seasons, in households for 13 consecutive seasons (including a tie in 1996-97), and in adults 25-54 for 16 straight seasons (including a tie in 1993-94).
In homes, "Meet the Press" outperformed ABC by 23%, CBS by +35%, and FOX by 170%. In rating A25-54, the NBC program beat both ABC and CBS by +38% and FOX by +175%.
David Gregory is moderator of "Meet the Press." Betsy Fischer is the executive producer and Rebecca Samuels and Chris Donovan are the producers.